Category Archives: Current Issues in the Church
Current Issues in the Church
There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.
A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.
Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.
A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.
How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?
Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.
There are a few postings on this site covering the weird doings of homosexual activists who attempted to invade the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. In the end, they were undone by their own mendacious and ham-handed attempt to force themselves on the parade’s organizers. The attempt failed, even though Boston Mayor Martin Walsh attempted to make the parade “inclusive” by bringing both … More →
Here is a clip from Pope Francis’ homily March 4th explaining why the world is in violent opposition to Jesus: CNA: “This is because the world does not tolerate the divinity of Christ,” the Pope explained, “It doesn’t tolerate the preaching of the Gospel. It does not tolerate the Beatitudes.” Because of this “we have persecutions: with words, with insults, the things that they said … More →
Should we be surprised that a group of unrepentant homosexuals desiring to parade their vice flamboyantly at a Catholic event would lie in order to do so? Below is a press release from the parade organizers sent to Catholicism.org: VETERANS TELL DIFFERENT STORY MEDIA REPORTS SLANTED South Boston Allied War Veterans Council P.O. Box 350 South Boston MA. 02127 Sponsors of The South Boston St. … More →
Catholic Action League Condemns Decision to Invite MassEquality to March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today condemned the decision of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council—the sponsors of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade—to invite the state’s largest same sex marriage lobby, MassEquality, to march in the parade on March 16th. Parade coordinator Tom Duross said “We’d be happy to have them here. And we’d be proud to have them here….You’re a great organization, … More →
Yes, and, apparently, these two New York state churches, named in the article linked below, will continue on with impunity. When you think it cannot get worse, think again. Anything goes except propagating the defined dogma ”No salvation outside the Church,” the dogma that will put an end to the “disorientation” Sister Lucia spoke about. That includes abiding by and promoting all the defined teachings of the Church … More →
Africans can sometimes surprise Western liberals. I’ll never forget the surprise that a Nigerian seminarian stirred up in a conversation, when he asked what those men were doing in line outside a K of C hall in Connecticut. (We were in the car on the way to the Traditional Latin Mass, by the way, which this particular African called “the Ancient Rite.”) “They’re in line … More →
Last Spring, I was contacted by a journalist who writes for various Catholic publications. She had an interest in the subject of courtship and had read some materials we published on the issue. Favorably impressed with what she read, she requested an interview with me. A few email exchanges later, we scheduled a telephone appointment. She and I spoke for an hour or more, if … More →
The question is a serious one. As an American, I do not trust our own government officials,1 who want to impose their agenda on Ukrainians. (Just ask Blessed Emperor Karl about the United States’ bad habit of remapping the rest of the world.) As a Catholic, I sympathize with Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the spiritual Father of the world’s 4.2 million Ukrainian Greek Catholics. (From … More →
So what’s the latest on the whole Medjugorje phenomenon? Michael Voris gives a brief roundup. See also his interview with Dr. E. Michael Jones, well-known Catholic author and expert on the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje (below), and ChurchMilitant.TV’s “The Phenomenon of Medjugorje: A Response.” ChurchMilitant.TV also recommends reading the Crisis Magazine article, and that offered by RenewAmerica.com’s Matt Abbott. See also Medjugorje: Another View on … More →
UCANews: The brother of assassinated Pakistani Catholic minister Shahbaz Bhatti has been forced to flee Pakistan after being threatened by Islamic militants. Paul Bhatti, chairman of the All Pakistan Minority Alliance, an umbrella organization of religious minorities, as well as the Shahbaz Bhatti Memorial Trust, told a Pakistani cable channel on Saturday that he has moved to Italy in order to save his life. “Punjabi Taliban … More →
Australia: The Advertiser: In the show Come Heckle Christ, Melbourne comedian Joshua J Ladgrove dresses as Jesus and asks audience members to jeer in his direction, ask a question or throw something at his head. Archbishop Philip Wilson sent a letter to Mr Weatherill on Thursday, asking him to intervene. He also sent a letter to SA parishes on Friday outlining his concerns and asked for … More →
Twelve nuns kidnapped from the Mar Takla Orthodox convent are still being held by our friends, the Syrian “rebels.” They were taken away in early December in a raid by terrorist Abu Jafar, leader of the Battalion of the Martyr Abu Taan. Jafar pillaged the monasteries there, and sold off the goods in Lebanon. Read more here.
The Eponymous Flower: “It takes a permit.” A letter from a Franciscan of the Immaculate describes the life subject to approval, that the brothers have to lead, since they were placed under provisional administration. In 1990, the Order was recognized at the diocesan level and 1998 by Rome, the Orden internally moved from the Old Rite under Pope Benedict XVI. f to the Old Rite and for pastoral … More →
Father Z’s Blog: Cardinal Zen says destruction of the Catholic Church continues in China. Despite the hopes raised by Pope Francis’ election, Sino-Vatican relations are still at a standstill. China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, has not kept his promises and the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and the Ministry of Religious Affairs are trying to turn bishops and faithful into “slaves”. This is according to Cardinal Joseph … More →
Luca Volonte, Chairman of Novae Terrae Foundation: Among those who have faced persecution are a young girl with Downs Syndrome from Islamabad, who was arrested in 2012 for allegedly burning pages in the Koran, as well as the ongoing case of Asia Bibi. Bibi is a Christian woman who was imprisoned and sentenced to death for violating Pakistan’s strict law, and has been moved to … More →